James Baird – War of 1812 Bounty Land Claim and Pension File

Bounty Land Claim

Form of Declaration for surviving Officer or Soldier

State of Georgia, County of Spalding}

             On this Fifteenth day of April A. D. one thousand eight hundred and Fifty-two, personally appeared before me Elisha Akin a Justice of the Peace duly authorized to administered oaths within and for the County and State aforesaid, James Baird aged 56 years, a resident of Monroe County in the State of Georgia who being duly sworn according to law, declares, that he is the identical, James Baird who was a Private in the company commanded by Captain John G. Smith in the Battalion commanded by Maj. Wooten in the war with Creek Indians that he was drafted at Monticello on or about the [blank] day of September A. D. 1813 or 1814 for the term of six months and continued in actual service in said war, for the term of Six months and was honorably discharged at Fort Hawkins on the day not recollected day of March A. D., 1814 or 1815 by reason of expiration of time of service as will appear by the muster rolls of said company, as I never had any written discharge.

            He makes this declaration for the purpose of obtaining the Bounty Land to which he may be entitled under the “act granting bounty land to certain officers and soldiers who have been engaged in the military service of the United States,” passed September 28, 1850.

            Sworn to and subscribed before me the day and year above written; and I hereby certify that I believe the said James Baird to be the identical man who served as aforesaid, and that he is of the age above stated. 

            [sig] E. Akins J. P.                                                       [sig] James Baird        L.S.

State of Gerogia    } 

County of Spalding}  to wit                             I James L. Wood Clerk of the Inferior Court of said County do hereby certify that Elisha Akins Esq., before whom the fore-going declaration was made, was at the time thereof, a Justice of the Peace in and for the County and State aforesaid, and duly authorized to administer oaths for general purposes. 

                        In Testimony Whereof, I have hereunto signed my name and affixed my Seal, this 22nd day of April 1852.  [sig]  James L. Wood      Clerk of Inferior Court

War of 1812

 Declaration Of Soldier For Pension

State of Georgia, County of Pike }

             On this 4th day of April, A. D. one thousand eight hundred and seventy one, personally, appeared before me, Y?. J. Harper Ordinary of the County of Pike State of Georgia, a Court of Record within and for the county and State aforesaid, James Baird, aged Seventy Six years, a resident of Pike, County of _____ State of Georgia who, being July sworn according to law, declares that he is married; that his wife’s name was Lucy Parr, to whom he was married in Jasper County Georgia on the Twelfth day of June, 1814; that he served the full period of sixty days in the (1) Militia service of the United States in the war of 1812; that he is the identical James Baird who substituted for William Wyatt who (2) was drafted in Captain Benjamin Henry’s company, Col. Newman regiment, Floyd’s brigade or Floyd’s division, at Madison Morgan County, on the date not recollected day of ___ 1813, and was honorably discharged at Fort Hawkins on the or about the 23rd day of February, 1814; that (3) That he never had a written discharge. That he himself was not drafted, but substituted for William Wyatt (who was drafted as above stated) but served another term to the close of the war as a drafted man from Jasper County Georgia commencing Aug 3rd 1814 in Capt. J. G. Smith’s Company. Wootens Bat at Fort Lawrence State of Georgia  that he, at no time during the late rebellion against the authority of the United States, adhered to the cause of the enemies of the Government, giving them aid or comfort, or exercised the functions of any office whatever under any authority, or pretended authority, in hostility to the United States; and that he will support the Constitution of the United States; that he is not in receipt of a pension under any previous act; that he makes this declaration for the purpose of being placed on the pension roll of the United States, under the provision of the act approved February 14, 1871, and he hereby constitutes and appoints, with full power of substitution and revocation, C. M. Bennett of Washington D. C. his true and lawful attorney to prosecute his claim and obtain the pension certificate that may be issued; that his post office at the Liberty Hill County of Pike State of Georgia; that his domicile or place of abode is Pike County Georgia.

                                                                                      [sig] James Baird, Applicant

Attest:   [sig]      J. T. Baird             [sig]      Geo. W. Oxford NP

War of 1812

Act February 14, 1871


 In the case of James Baird, a private of Captain Benj. Henry’s Company, Georgia Militia, Residence: Pike County GeorgiaPost Office Address: Liberty Hill, Pike County, Georgia

Enlisted 23rd August, 1813 discharged 11th March, 1814

Declaration and identification in due form, filed 12 April, 1871

 Service for Sixty Days, Shown as Follows:

 The Third Auditor, U. S. Treasury reports that James Beard served as private in Captain Benj. Henry’s Company of Georgia Militia from 23rd August 1813 to 11th March 1814.

 Length of service, 201 days.

 Claimant declares he is not a pensioner under any previous act. Name not on list of pensioners.

Loyalty, claimant’s averment and testimony of, J. T. Baird and Geo. W. Oxford. C. C. Harris, P. M. [post master] Liberty Hill, Geo, vouches for good character of witnesses.

Oath to support the Constitution of the United States subscribed.

Admitted February 20, 1872, to a pension of eight dollars per month, from February 14, 1871.

[sig]  Clement W. Bennett                                             [sig]  T. D. Yeager, Ex’r  Washington D. C.                                                        App’d. W. N. Ficher, Review

[Petition of Jett T. Baird]

Georgia Pike County

            To the Pension department Washington DC. Hon J. S. Bentley Commissioner of Pensions

            The Petition of Jett T Baird showeth that he is the son of James Baird of Liberty Hill Pike County Georgia – that said James Baird was a regular pensioner under the United States Government. That a Pension Certificate had been duly issued to him and he had drawn his Pension regularly – that the said James Baird departed this life at the residence of Petitioner in Pike County on the 2nd day of June 1880. At the time of his death he was entitled to his pension for three months less two days. That the same has not been paid.

The said James Baird was insolvent was dependant on the Pension and the assistance of Petitioner for support. That Petitioner defrayed the expenses of the last sickness and burial amounting to fifty dollars or more and the said James Baird died insolvent and left no property or assets out of which said expenses could be paid. And unless the amount due him on his pension is paid all of said expenses will fall on your petitioner. Wherefore he prays that said amount due to said James Baird as pension may be paid to your petitioner to cover and defray the expenses of his last sickness and burial of said James Baird decd – in terms of the law in such cases & your petitioners will ever pray, etc.         [sig]  Jet T Baird

 Georgia Pike County

            Personally appeared Jet T Baird who on oath says that the facts and allegations set forth in th foregoing Petition are true that he is the son of James Baird decd who was a pensioner under the Untied States government that he died on June 2nd 1880 at the house of deponent. He was insolvent at the time of his death and had no property or effects out of which to pay the expenses of his last sickness or burial – and that deponent has paid the expenses of his last sickness and burial out of his own effects and said expenses amounted to fifty dollars or more & he makes this affidavit that the balance due on pension of said James Barid may be paid to him to adi in paying the expenses of said last sickness & burial.          [sig] Jet T Baird

Sworn to & subscribed before me July 26th 1880    [sig]  S S Sims J. P.

Georgia Pike County – Personally appeared before me the under signed magistrate W C Pearson and J J Singleton, Jr. who on oath say that they knew James Baird during life and also  know Jett T Baird and that they know the facts and allegations made in the forgoing petition and affidavit are true of their own knowledge –

Sworn to & subscribed before me July 26th 1880                                    

[sig] W. C. Pearson 

[sig] J J  X Singleton, Jr.         [sig] S S Sims  J.P.                                                            

Georgia Pike County –     I, S S Sims a Justice of the Peace in and for said county & state do certify that Jet T. Baird and W C Pearson & J J Singleton, Jr gentlemen personally known to me as persons they represent themselves to be made qualified & signed the forgoing affidavits in my presence & that same are attested in due form of law. This July 26th 1880        [sig] S S Sims    J.P.

Clerks Office Superior Court, Zebulon Pike County Georgia

I Robt Y. Beckam Clerk of the Superior Court in and for said County do certify that S. S. Sims who attested the foregoing affidavits and certificates is personally known to me & his signature is genuine and that he is a Justice of the Peace in and for said County duly qualified according to Law and that his attestations are in due form of law and genuine and entitled to due faith and credit.

            Given under my hand and seal of my office at my office in Zebulon in Pike County Georgia this July 27, 1880.

                                                                         [sig]  Robt Y. Beckham C. S. C.

Neighbor Affidavit

Before me personally appeared John P. Hunt and John M. Reeves residing at the town of Milner, State of Georgia in Pike County, who being duly sworn say that they well and personally knew James Baird who died on the 2nd day of June 1880 and who was pensioned as the private in War of 1812 – formerly a soldier in the service of the United States; that the descendent left surviving neither widow nor child under sixteen years of age; that they was well acquainted with the peucuniary [sic] circumstances of said deceased and know that all property of whatever kind, personal and real, left by James Baird did not exceed in value, anything (he had no property of any kind) –

[sig]  Jno P Hunt  L S     [sig]  S S Sims J. P.     [sig]   John M Reeves  L S

[not dated]


U. S. Pension Agency

Hon. ________ Dudley, Commissioner of Pensions


            I hereby report that the name of James Baird Act 14 Feby / 71, who was a pensioner on the rolls of this Agency under Certificate No. 13144, and who was last paid at $ 8, to 2nd June, 1880, has been dropped because of death.   Pd J. T. Baird on “R.O.” from 4 Mch 1880 to 2nd June 1880 = $23 73/100.

                         Very respectfully,

                                [sig]      O. P. S. Clarke, Pension Agent


Transcriber note: Underlined words represent blanks on the forms that were filled in by hand. Underlines with no words/letters represent illegible writing. Words appearing in square brackets [ ] indicate additions by transcriber.


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